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ITV Studios is boosting its investment in German TV, launching a new label for high-end scripted television with Moritz Polter, the producer of such hit German-language series as Sky’s Das Boot and the Netflix/ORF production Freud.
A former executive at Bavaria Fiction and StudioCanal-owned Tandem Productions, Polter will set up the new German fiction division under the auspices of ITV Studios. The label, which is still unnamed, will be launched later this year.
Polter will develop and produce high-end fiction series for the German-language market which ITV Studios will distribute internationally. He will report to Lisa Perrin, ITV Studios’ managing director of international production.
“We have long been aware of the scope for high-quality European drama to find international success, but currently the opportunity is at a record high,” Perrin said in a statement. “Increasingly, well-produced German drama series are proving themselves to have global resonance and several of the most successful have been brought to screen by Moritz Polter.”
Das Boot, a WWII submarine drama based on a 1981 Oscar-nominated film and the autobiographical novel that inspired it, was a hit for Sky and sold worldwide, including to Hulu for the U.S. The third season of the show, featuring Tom Wlaschiha, Rochelle Neil and Clemens Schick, is currently in production. Freud, a period crime procedural that reimagines Sigmund Freud as a murder investigator in 1880s Vienna, was put together as a co-production between Netflix and Austrian public broadcaster ORF. It features Robert Finster as Freud alongside Ella Rumpf, Georg Friedrich and Anja Kling.
ITV Studios already has a strong foothold in non-English-language production, with international subsidiaries including Italian producers Cattleya (Gomorrah), Denmark’s Apple Tree Productions (Equinox) and Tetra Media Studios in France, whose period crime drama for StudioCanal, Paris Police 1900, recently sold across Europe, including to Sky Germany.
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